Movie Talk: Joe Manganiello Talks Ben Affleck’s ‘Batman;’ ‘Fantastic Beasts 2’ Casting Young Dumbledore

     November 8, 2016

On this episode of Collider Movie Talk (November 8th, 2016) John Campea, Jeremy Jahns, Mark Ellis, Jon Schnepp, Ashley Mova and Wendy Lee discuss the following:

  • Joe Manganiello talks Ben Affleck‘s Batman film
  • J.R.R. Tolkien biopic Middle Earth lands director James Strong
  • Opening this week
  • Ezra Miller talks director shake-ups with The Flash
  • Mail Bag

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One of the main antagonists in the new Batman film will be Slade Wilson AKA Deathstroke played by Joe Manganiello. Manganiello recently sat down with former professional wrestling commentator, Mark Madden, and the two spoke about Ben Affleck’s take on The Dark Knight. In a report from Screen Rant, Manganiello said it is a fresh take on the character and people will be in for a surprise.

In a round table interview with Screen Rant, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them director David Yates confirmed that a younger version of Dumbledore will appear in the upcoming sequels to the movie. Yates also teased that Dumbledore this time around would have more screen time, confirming that Eddie Redmayn’s Newt Scamander will have a handful of scenes together in the film.

According to a report from Variety, director James Strong will helm the J.R.R. Tolkien biopic Middle Earth. The film is about author J.R.R. Tolkien and the events that inspired his novels The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. The story follows the author’s early life, including his love affair with Edith Bratt, whom he later married. When war breaks out in 1914, Tolkien embarks on four years of battle, hardship, and new friendships that serve to shape his imagination and start him on the path to Middle Earth. No release date has been set.


arrival-movie-posterArrival – Linguistics professor Louise Banks (Amy Adams) leads an elite team of investigators when humongous spaceships touch down in 12 locations around the world. As nations teeter on the verge of global war, Banks and her crew must race against time to find a way to communicate with the extraterrestrial visitors.


Anticipation is still at an all time high for The Flash’s solo movie even though the production has hit a pretty big snag with their directors. Seth Grahame-Smith exited the project in May and just recently, director Rick Famuyiwa opted out as well over creative differences. At the junket for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Collider’s Ed Douglas asked Ezra Miller about losing the directors. Miller said that these are projects taken seriously but teams are changing a lot of the time.

Even though Deadpool wound up being a huge hit for Fox, late last month saw the exit of director Tim Miller over creative differences with Ryan Reynolds. Despite that, a report is going around that filming on Deadpool 2 is still going to start in January. The story originated over at What’s Filming where a January production start date was noted for Vancouver, but that information is incorrect. Sources told Collider when Miller was directing, the movie was aiming to begin filming in March, so there is no way a January start date was in the cards, with or without Miller.

THR recently announced the casting of Olivia Munn joining Boyd Holbrook in Shane Black’s The Predator movie; with the outlet also reporting that the movie would take place in the suburbs. Apparently that’s not the case. Black himself reached out to Collider debunking the claim, saying that the film does not take place in the suburbs. Details for the film are still firmly under wraps with a release date set for February 9, 2018.


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According to a report from Deadline, Universal has set up a remake to the John Landis classic An American Werewolf in London with his son Max Landis attached to write the script and direct. The Walking Dead‘s David Alpert and Robert Kirkman are producing via their Skybound Entertainment banner. The original film followed a pair of friends backpacking through England, where they’re attacked by a werewolf. It starred David Naughton and Griffin Dunne. A release date for the new reboot has not been set.


Taylor Huston writes:

Hey guys, love your show!  Please don’t EVER stop! I was looking at the box office numbers for Star Trek: Beyond the other day and I saw that it didn’t do very well as its two previous installments.  So I have two questions surrounding this. Is the reason for why the movie didn’t do very well was because of the bad advertisement of the first trailer?  And also, would the box office numbers affect the possibility that a fourth installment would be made? Thanks guys and keep bringing the filthy!

Brian Knight writes:

I just watched Doctor Strange and while watching the end credits for the post movie scenes I saw a receptionist at Marvel Studio received a movie credit. So what could a receptionist do the receive this credit?



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